Likely the best restaurant on the entire island,
Gordon’s on Blueberry Hill (5438 Woodard Ave., Freeland, 360/331-7515, $19) is roundly lauded for the Northwest cuisine it serves within a bustling ranch-style house in Freeland. The owner-chef here mixes local ingredients such as mussels and homegrown herbs with flavors of Asia and Europe. Try unique dishes such as tandoori-style game hens ($19) or butternut squash ravioli in Sambuca cream sauce ($19).
Freeland Café (1642 E. Main St., 360/331-9945, www.whidbey.com/freelandcafe, 6 a.m.–9 p.m. daily, $10) is an old-time establishment with breakfast served anytime; it’s very popular with the locals when they've got a hankering for a burger.
For a slice of warm pie à la mode, nobody beats those baked up at Whidbey Pies Cafe (765 Wonn Rd., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily May–Sept., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.–Sun. Oct.–Apr.) at Greenbank Farm, which features the farm’s renowned loganberries.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition